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    #1

    to gather support and resources for something

    Hello.

    I want to say we need to gather support and resources for something. Have I used "marshal" and "mobilize" correctly and naturally? Are these sentences okay to use in International English tests like TOEFL?

    1. We need to mobilize public opinion and support for the cause of protecting the environment.

    2. I believe if we mobilize resources and take action, we can tackle the problem of air pollution.


    3. I believe we must marshal support from individual citizens and government organizations to tackle the serious problem of deforestation.

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    Re: to gather support and resources for something

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Hello.

    I want to say we need to gather support and resources for something. Have I used "marshal" and "mobilize" correctly and naturally? Are these sentences okay to use in International English tests like TOEFL?

    1. We need to mobilize public opinion and support for the cause of protecting the environment.

    It's probably okay, but the idea of mobilizing or marshaling opinions or support seems a little squishy to me. I prefer the idea of mobilizing or marshaling people.


    2. I believe if we mobilize resources and take action, we can tackle the problem of air pollution.

    Same thing.

    3. I believe we must marshal support from individual citizens and government organizations to tackle the serious problem of deforestation.

    I like that more.
    Let's see what others think.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: to gather support and resources for something

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    Let's see what others think.
    Can I also use "mobilize" in the last one?

    3. I believe we must mobilize support from individual citizens and government organizations to tackle the serious problem of deforestation.

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    Re: to gather support and resources for something

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Can I also use "mobilize" in the last one?

    3. I believe we must mobilize support from individual citizens and government organizations to tackle the serious problem of deforestation.
    Yes.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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